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Billy Elliot

3

With young Billy Elliot currently prancing on stage in the West End, it’s hardly a shock to find the movie has been repackaged for a tie-in DVD release. And while it’s hardly the saviour of British cinema some claimed, Billy remains a surprisingly thoughtful coming-of-age drama set against the unglamorous background of the ’80s miners’ strike. Jamie Bell utterly convinces as miserable Billy, happy only when his toes are tapping, with sterling support from Gary Lewis as his beaten, broken and desperate dad. Pity about grating turns from Bell’s co-starring sprogs and Julie Walters’ trashy, mannered dance teacher.

 

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 1st 2005

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